Fort Wayne TinCaps (12-25) @ Lake County Captains (22-18)
LHP Thomas Dorminy (3-3, 5.05) vs. RHP Jordan Milbrath (2-4, 6.42)
Thursday, May 21, 2015 — Classic Park (Eastlake, Ohio) — First Pitch 11:00 a.m. — Game 38
ABOUT LAST GAME: Franchy Cordero recorded three hits, but Fort Wayne came up short on Wednesday against Lake County, 4-3. The TinCaps had a one-run lead in the fifth inning, but couldn’t hold it the rest of the way.
CORDERO’S NIGHT: Cordero strung together his third three-hit game of the season, which included his second home run of the year. No other TinCap has that many through the first 37 games of the season. Back on April 17th, the Dominican Republic native collected three hits against the South Bend Cubs, and on May 6th @ Dayton, he had the team’s second four-hit game of the year.
BULLPEN BOUNCING BACK: So far, six games are in the books during Fort Wayne’s 11-game road trip. The bullpen has been sharp during the span, pitching to a 2.29 ERA in 19 2/3 innings. Both Taylor Cox and Seth Lucio haven’t allowed a run over their last four appearances while Bryan Verbitsky has allowed just one run over his last five.
ROAD TRIP CONTINUES: After Thursday’s game, the TinCaps will head to Lansing, Michigan for the final four games of the 11-game trip. When it’s all said and done, Fort Wayne will have traveled approximately 1,250 miles on the journey (Fort Wayne, IN to Bowling Green, KY, to Eastlake OH, to Lansing, MI, back to Fort Wayne). The eleven consecutive games away from home is the longest for any TinCaps team since 2007.
RIGHTY POWER: Fort Wayne will face a right-handed starter for the first time since Sunday when Jordan Milbrath takes the mound for Lake County. The TinCaps have flashed the power this year against right-handers. In fact, all of Duanel Jones’ team-leading six homers have come off of righties. He is batting a robust .307 with 23 RBI’s when facing a right arm. The TinCaps in general have fared better in those situations, batting .253 as a team. Thursday will be just the second time Fort Wayne has faced a right-handed Lake County starter in the eight games this season.